Roof soft washing is a process that involves using a low-pressure application of a specialized cleaning solution to remove dirt, grime, and other contaminants from roofs. The cleaning solution is designed to kill algae, mold, and other organisms that can damage a roof’s shingles, tiles, or other roofing materials. The process is safe and effective and can help to extend the life of a roof.
Why Soft Washing?
Traditional roof cleaning methods often involve the use of high-pressure washing equipment. However, high-pressure washing can damage roofs by dislodging shingles, breaking tiles, and causing leaks. High-pressure washing can also force water and cleaning solution under shingles, causing damage to the roof deck and potentially leading to rot and other issues.
Soft washing is a much gentler method of cleaning a roof. The process involves using a low-pressure nozzle to apply the cleaning solution to the roof. The solution is left on the roof for a period of time to allow it to work its way into the surface of the roof and kill any algae, mold, or other organisms that may be present. After the cleaning solution has had time to work, it is rinsed away using a low-pressure rinse.
The Benefits of Roof Soft Washing
There are many benefits to having a roof soft washing performed on your home. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved Curb Appeal
One of the most obvious benefits of roof soft washing is improved curb appeal. A dirty, stained roof can make a home look unkempt and unattractive. Soft washing can remove unsightly stains and restore a roof to its original color, making a home look more inviting and attractive.
- Extended Roof Life
Algae, mold, and other organisms that grow on a roof can cause damage to roofing materials over time. By killing these organisms with a soft washing solution, a roof can last longer and require fewer repairs over its lifespan.
- Reduced Energy Costs
Roofs that are covered in algae and other growth can absorb more heat from the sun, which can lead to higher energy costs as air conditioning systems have to work harder to keep a home cool. By removing these growths, soft washing can help to reduce energy costs and make a home more energy-efficient.
- Improved Health
Algae, mold, and other organisms that grow on a roof can be harmful to human health, particularly for individuals who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues. Soft washing can remove these organisms, improving the air quality around the home and reducing the risk of health problems.
The Soft Washing Process
The soft washing process typically involves the following steps:
Before the soft washing process begins, the roof is inspected for any damage or other issues that need to be addressed. Any broken tiles or damaged shingles are repaired, and any other issues are addressed before the soft washing process begins.
- Cleaning Solution Application
The cleaning solution is then applied to the roof using a low-pressure nozzle. The solution is allowed to sit on the roof for a period of time, typically around 20-30 minutes, to allow it to work its way into the surface of the roof and kill any algae, mold, or other organisms that may be present.
After the cleaning solution has had time to work, it is rinsed away using a low-pressure rinse. This rinse removes the cleaning solution and any dirt or grime that may have been loosened by the solution.
After the soft washing process is complete, the roof is inspected again to ensure that all contaminants have been removed and that there are no issues that need to be addressed.
The Importance of Hiring a Professional
While roof soft washing may seem like a simple process, it is important to hire a professional to perform the work.